Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Penang World Heritage Site not in jeopardy, afterall

In my post several days ago about the possibility of George Town (Penang) losing its UNESCO World Heritage site status, we are now assured that "George Town’s World Heritage Site status is not in jeopardy as the upcoming high-rise hotels in the area were approved with UNESCO’s knowledge," said a former state exco member.

Last Saturday night, thousands of Malaysians and foreign tourists witnessed the official awarding of the UNESCO World Heritage Site to George Town and Malacca at a colourful ceremony at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

The award arrived on an elephant, was passed to UNESCO’s regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Director, Hubert J. Gijzen, who then handed it to Malaysia’s UNESCO national committee president, Education Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammud-din Tun Hussein. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, then received the award from Hishammuddin.

All's well that ends well..

Source: The Star


  1. Anonymous4:02 PM

    Great news! I am happy to hear this :)

  2. So am I. What I like most about the status is so that the city doesn't destroy its own history by replacing meaningful buildings and street names.